Deuteronomy 4: On the Heart of the Old Testament, “Seeing” with Our Ears, and a Healthy, Protestant Suspicion of Sensory Overload (Bible Talk, Ep. 55)
In Deuteronomy 4, the Lord through Moses gives us “expositional history.” He explains to them why God’s character and faithfulness to them in the past should motivate their present obedience.
1:15 / Where are we at the beginning of Deuteronomy? What’s the big idea of chapter four?
5:04 / Sam and Jim commentate on verses 1-2.
7:19 / Jim argues against a hardline distinction between law, historical narratives, and wisdom literature.
9:13 / Sam points out that, if Israel obeys, their wisdom and understanding will be displayed “in the sight of the peoples” (Deut. 4:6).
11:20 / Moses boasts in the nearness and statues of the Lord.
13:34 / How does Moses motivate the Israelites to obedience after verse eight?
16:14 / Is it idolatrous to watch The Chosen?
18:30 / Alex observes a tendency to get more excited over sensory worship experiences than the Word of God.
21:47 / Sam notes how “sight” language is often associated in Scripture with “hearing” the Word of God.
23:46 / Why does Moses say, “You stood before the Lord your God at Horeb?” His audience wasn’t there 40 years ago, were they? (Deut. 4:10)
25:39 / Why is Deuteronomy 4:25-31 at the heart of the Old Testament?
31:27 / Jim highlights differences between the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants.
32:47 / Moses provides Israel additional, powerful motivation to obey the Lord.
37:10 / Why does Moses start talking about cities of refuge?